Houston completes the comeback

Astros secure series against Mariners with walk-off win in extras

Alex Bregman forced extras with a homer, and Carlos Correa delivered the walk-off hit against the Mariners on Tuesday. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images.

After a lopsided win to start the series, the Astros had the chance to lock up another series win if they could get a victory against Seattle on Tuesday. Though it looked bleak late, they would force extras and ultimately get the walk-off win.

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 5, Mariners 4

Astros' Record: 81-57, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (2-4)

Losing Pitcher: Yohan Ramirez (1-3)

Houston grabs a lead, Odorizzi gives it up

After getting just one baserunner in the first two innings against Logan Gilbert, the Astros put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the third. Jose Altuve started it with a solo homer to start the scoring, then a Michael Brantley single in the next at-bat set up an RBI double by Alex Bregman, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Jake Odorizzi held that lead well through the first four innings, allowing just two singles over that span, holding the Mariners scoreless. That changed in the top of the fifth, where he would watch the two-run lead evaporate after a leadoff single followed by a double set up a two-out two-RBI double to tie things up. He finished the inning but would go no further. His final line: 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 66 P.

Seattle goes in front

First out of Houston's bullpen was Yimi Garcia in the top of the sixth, and he would watch Kyle Seager launch a go-ahead solo homer to start the frame. Garcia finished the sixth, then Phil Maton took over in the top of the seventh. With a timely double play behind him, he erased a one-out walk to face the minimum and keep it a one-run game.

After stranding a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh, Houston moved on to Kendall Graveman to face his former team in the top of the eighth. He disposed of them in order, getting a 1-2-3 inning to give his offense another crack at tying or going in front. They would go down scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, resulting in Ryan Pressly coming in to try and give them a last chance in the bottom of the ninth.

Bregman ties it to force extras, Correa walks it off as Astros secure series win

Pressly would instead allow Seattle to add to their lead, giving up a one-out double and then an RBI single to make it a 4-2 game before he finished the inning. Houston went to work in the bottom of the ninth, getting a leadoff walk by Jose Altuve to bring the tying run to the plate. After Michael Brantley nearly tied it, missing a homer by mere feet, Alex Bregman would get the job done in the next at-bat, a two-run blast to make it 4-4.

They wouldn't get the walk-off win then, though, as the game headed to extras. Ryne Stanek took on the task of eliminating the free runner in the top of the tenth and did it with some solid defense behind him to give the Astros another chance. Yuli Gurriel started the bottom of the tenth on second base and scored immediately as Carlos Correa would lead off the inning with the game-winner, an RBI ground-rule double to walk it off and give the Astros the series win.

Up Next: This series's third and final game and the last time these teams will face each other in the regular season will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Wednesday. Tyler Anderson (1-1, 3.38 ERA) is slated to be on the mound for Seattle, while Jose Urquidy (6-3, 3.42 ERA) will have the ball for Houston.

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Davis Mills has to work to do. Composite image by Brandon Strange.

The Houston Texans took to the field for their second day of workouts on the field. Here are 11 observations from a shaky offensive day.

1. Mills had a shakier day than his first. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good. There were a lot of teachable moments for him in this practice. General manager Nick Caserio said consistency is the biggest thing for him in evaluating a player. Part of the consistency is how often do you make the same mistakes, according to Caserio. Mills has work to do before Monday’s practice.

2. Even with the shaky day, there is still excitement to Mills. Seeing how he bounces back will be big, and the challenge won't be easy as the team will have a padded practice on Monday. Traditionally, defenses are ahead of the offense early in training camp.

3. Nico Collins and Davis Mills weren’t on the same page on Saturday. The two had a few miscommunications that led to some incomplete passes. Mills also came up just a little long on a deep pass to Collins. Later the two hooked up for a nice completion as Collins beat rookie Derek Stingley Jr. but it was not the best day for the two second-year players.

4. There weren’t a lot of receivers getting open today. Brandin Cooks is about the only player who constantly gets open. It led to Davis Mills holding the ball a few times and ultimately deciding to check the ball down. The secondary had a solid day.

5. Lovie Smith said after practice they don’t scheme up a lot of short passes and this team will need to move the ball through the air. He did lament that sometimes you have to take a quick and short gain as an offense. Smith also joked when you don’t like the passing game you can give credit to the coverage.

6. Speaking of the secondary, it featured a lot of Derek Stingley Jr. on Saturday. The first passing drill with the offense against defense saw Stingley Jr. square off with Brandin Cooks. It was again a win for Cooks, but the rookie had some nice moments on the field. Chris Conley also had a nice win against Stingley Jr. in coverage. The Texans have to get their first-round pick acclimated to how they will use him. I will say though that Stingley Jr. makes things look fluid and easy as he moves about the defense.

7. Safety Terrence Brooks has put together a nice couple of days to start training camp. He has had at least one pass break-up in each of the first two days and he has a lot of energy in the secondary. Rookie Jalen Pitre dashed into the backfield sniffing out a toss play showcasing his anticipation.

8. Garret Wallow was a player showing up to camp with high expectations, and he’d earned them. The late-round pick last year had done a great job getting his body in shape, and it feels like he is all over the field. Wallow had a pass break-up Saturday and he is near the top of my list for when the pads come on Monday.

9. Speaking of players who will excite when the pads come on, Kenyon Green is near the top of my list too. The “other” first-round pick for the Texans hasn’t played as much as you would maybe like so far, but he absolutely STONED a defender on a running play. There is work to do, but Green has flashes and in pads, he should flash more.

10. Jerry Hughes is one of the oldest players on the field. You wouldn’t know it though. The veteran has a ton of energy, and he’s very vocal. He easily dismissed Laremy Tunsil for what would have been a sack. Hughes is going to be a necessary contributor to this team in 2022.

11. Jonathan Greenard, Justin Britt, and Kamu Grugier-Hill all practiced after missing time on Friday. Phillip Dorsett has yet to really get involved and Lovie Smith said Dorsett is a little dinged up. The team will practice in pads on Monday for the first time. Jalen Pitre, Kenyon Green, Garret Wallow, Christian Harris, and Roy Lopez are the players I have near the top of my list to keep an eye on as the pads come on.

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